Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Life is never dull.

Before we had Kaleb I was asked a countless number of times, "What do you do all do?" To which I often failed to find a good way to respond. I mean, it isn't like I just sat around all day doing nothing. Between cleaning, cooking... spending time with John and exploring a new area of the world each season I rarely found myself bored. Not to say that I didn't spend too much time online some days, or take a longer than necessary nap. But, you get the picture... I usually found ways to occupy my time.

Now that we have Kaleb, the days go by faster than I would like. Between feedings, naps and outings I feel as though each day is gone in the blink of an eye. The past couple of weeks has been one big blur. In fact, the other morning I purposefully stayed at home in an attempt to sleep in and relax with my little guy. We spent the morning cuddling and playing, it doesn't get better than that.

Last week we had breakfast at Ikea with the other wives on the team... always a good time. And then I braved the bus to head downtown to meet up with a friend at Bagels and Beans. One of my favorite coffee shops in Europe thus far. A quaint little place where they serve bagels, cream cheese and delicious cappuccinos and lattes... and where they have a menu in English making life just a bit easier.

Kaleb was dressed and ready to go for the occasion. As for me, I was a bit nervous taking the bus, not fully knowing the proper way to board with a stroller and also knowing that Kaleb wouldn't be buckled up in his car seat. Of course we just HAD to nearly get in an accident on the way home. The woman in front of me nearly fell to the ground as the bus driver slammed on his brakes in order to avoid hitting the car in front of us. Nice.

Nonetheless, we had a great time meeting up with friends and even met another mom from California in a toy shop downtown. I figured out which places had baby changing tables, managed to feed Kaleb twice and even squeezed into a Euro sized dressing room to try on clothes while Kaleb snoozed away.

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By the time we got home, Kaleb and I were both exhausted. Five hours of eating, shopping and riding the bus will do that to you. (Especially when you aren't getting enough sleep at night.)

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Loving the swaddle... but wondering why I am still taking pictures. (And also not looking too tired.)

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Kaleb also went to his first basketball game of daddy's! We sat up in the VIP section and watched the game from afar. Kaleb sported his Jordan jersey, thanks to the Wilkinsons. :)

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Daddy is number 12 this year...

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And, the little guy decided enough was enough.

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Friends that we met when John played in Poland came to see us this weekend. It was so great to have them here and to see their little guy again, who is growing up too fast as well. Hopefully we get to see them again soon as they are living less than two hours from us this year.

Another proud dad.

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Another rainy day in the Netherlands. No wonder they prescribe vitamin D to all babies here...

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The happy group... now plus two. :) Poor Kaleb, didn't make the photo.

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I am sure all moms feel like their husbands don't get to spend enough time with their children, I'm right there with them. Perhaps it is because we got spoiled this summer... the first three and a half weeks of Kaleb's life. So when daddy is home and Kaleb is actually awake we try to spend soak up every moment that we have.

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Not too sure about Daddy's kisses...

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Bath time! The bathtubs here on on stands, making it easier for us to bend over and give Kaleb a bath. I keep meaning to take pics, but John generally has night practice leaving bath time up to me. (Also the camera happy one of the family.)

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Love his little round belly. :)

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The bath tub serves dual purposes as it is also a great place for Kaleb to hang out naked. In attempt to help heal up a diaper rash we let him hang out in the tub lined with towels. He loved it in the bathroom as the heat from the dryer kept him nice and warm. (By the way... so much for cloth diapers not giving babies diaper rash!)

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So long for now. Kaleb is finishing up his second dinner for the night and then I need to check on the chicken in the oven. Which, by the way... I used a garlic press to pound my chicken in order to stuff it. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do... I told you life is never dull around here.

2 comments:

Emily said...

I love all the pics! Kaleb is definitely growing...getting cuter all the time. Seeing him "rooting" for his dad is adorable.:) Glad you guys have been able to enjoy some outings in your new home city.

Mrs. Turek said...

Yes, he is growing entirely too fast. I'm sure your little nephew is as well!